Plant Collecting: Field & Lab Work

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The University of Florida Herbarium of the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics conduct an array of projects with many plant groups.

The Genetics Resource Repository stores plant material researchers obtain during collecting trips.

The Repository stores DNA samples obtained from herbarium sheets or tissues that have been dried and stored in silica gel. Samples of DNA are used in phylogenetic and population studies, with the remaining DNA stored in the Repository. The Museum tries to store at least 50 microliters of DNA per sample, and documents the concentration and collection information, including location, date and collector.